Songbook/Banks of the Ohio

Banks of the Ohio

19e-eeuwse ballad van een onbekende auteur.
Het lied lijkt romantisch, maar is eigenlijk een murder ballad: het gaat over een jongeman die zijn beminde verdrinkt in de Ohiorivier omdat ze niet met hem wil trouwen.

Banks of the Ohio

Strofe 1
I asked my C love to take a G walk
Just to G7 walk a little C way
As we walked along we F talked
All about C our G wedding C day
And only C say that you'll be G mine
And our G7 home will happy C be
Down beside where the waters F flow
Down on the C banks of the G Ohio C
Strofe 2
I took her C by her lily white G hand
Led her G7 down where the waters C stand
There I pushed her in to F drown
And watched C as she G floated C down
Strofe 3
I started C home tween twelve and G one
I cried, "My G7 God, what have I C done."
I murdered the only woman I F loved
Because she C would not G marry C me.
Strofe 4
The very next C morning about half-past G four
the sheriff G7 came knocking on my C door
He said, "Young man, come with me and F go
Down to the C banks of the G Ohio. C

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